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Old 09-26-07, 01:17 PM
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Back up Files

Before i have a computer problem i want to back up my files to CD's,DVD's. I assume i go to "my computer" and download files,but which ones? Pictures,program files,documents&settings,etc? There seems there is many choices,but all may not be needed.
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Before i have a computer problem i want to back up my files to CD's,DVD's. I assume i go to "my computer" and download files,but which ones? Pictures,program files,documents&settings,etc? There seems there is many choices,but all may not be needed.
Any suggestions? Thanks
That really depends on what you want to back up. If you are using Microsoft Outlook as email client, for example, you should backup its mail folders. They are usually located on Documents And Settings\Application Data.

The best way to backup pictures and documents is by doing a search. Go to the start menu, choose Search, and then Files and Folders. If you have iTunes, do a google search on how to backup its folders.

Also, you should think on getting an external hard drive to back up your data to, instead of CDs.
 
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Thanks. I'll start searching now
 
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You can do system (whole system) backups to CD using Drive Image XML (http://www.runtime.org/dixml.htm) I don't remember if they will do DVD backups. I creates an image of your system. You can burn to disk or copy to a spare hard drive.

I would second the HDD backup route as well.
 
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Thanks for the advice. I'll look into that.
 
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I bought a 500gig Cavalry external drive that I back up this desktop and the laptop to.. For about $120 it's a real deal..
 
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I like the external harddrive suggestion.
 
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I use a 500GB MyBook external hard drive and Acronis True Image backup software.

My entire computer is backed up auto-magically every day at 3:00 a.m. Once you've done the initial full backup with True Image, the following backups are incremental (anything that's changed since the last backup).

It's relatively cheap insurance and, once set up, absolutely painless.

Good luck,

Jon
 
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Thanks . I'l check into that to.
 
 

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